In early 2019 I spent four months living in a tent at Estancia Ranquilco, a remote horse and cattle ranch nestled deep in the foothills of the Andean mountains in Northern Patagonia, Argentina. Largely stripped of modern conveniences and offering a chance to experience off-grid, communal living, it is both a gentle, and harsh, return to primitiveness.
Yet the magnetic pull from Ranquilco reaches far beyond the realms of sentimentalism. It is not merely a vague summation of its parts. Of earth, water, sun, grass and trees. It is the past as well as the present, built into the stonework and in the footsteps of the worn paths on the last edges of land, hanging on the horizon.
For those devoted to this way of life, it is simply a return to the familiar.
Shot and Edited by Dan Sadgrove
Voiceover by Ólafur Darri Ólafsson
Music by Tim Tregonning
Sound by Morgan Johnson
Color by Mike Rossiter
Aerial by Wade Sedgwick
Thank you to T.A Carrithers and Lulu Waks for opening up their home to me and to everyone on the ranch that I met, thank you for allowing me in to try capture it.
If you want to know more about Estancia Ranquilco along with a selection of my photos, you can read this account on National Geographic: nationalgeographic.com/travel/go-off-the-grid-at-horse-ranches-in-patagonia/